What’s WB to Do with H-B?

This is in response to a thread topic that was started on the Toon Zone General Animation Forum. I’ll have to post my response here, for now.

Why doesn’t Warner Bros reboot The Flintstones? The Flintstones is a timeless classic Hanna-Barbera series and is still iconic 50 years later. They still make Fruity Pebbles cereal and vitamins in the 2010’s. If they make the series as good as the original, and don’t do it to make cash off the characters, I don’t see the problem.


Well, Seth MacFarlane was going to produce a reboot of The Flintstones, but the project has been delayed until ????? since Seth had too much on his plate already. I’ve already elaborated on a hypothetical new Flintstones series last year with my article entitled “The All New Something, Something Whatever Show”, so there’s no need to repeat myself.
Honestly, one could pose this question about any Hanna Barbera franchise that isn’t Scooby Doo or Tom & Jerry. The Yogi Bear movie was supposed to be getting a sequel, but I haven’t heard any follow up to it. Likewise, I read somewhere that the producers of Yogi Bear the movie were planning to make a movie starring Huckleberry Hound, but again, I’ve since heard no follow up to that. There was supposed to be a live action Jetsons movie, but the last time that I’ve heard anything about that was years ago.
I can’t say that I’m the biggest H-B fan myself, though. One problem that I’ve always had with H-B is that whatever seemed to be a passable formula would be repeated several times. If one series was a success, then H-B would produce several other series that were just like it with only some slight differences. Just about every H-B cartoon franchise from the 1960s to the 2000s can be traced back to either Yogi Bear, The Flintstones or Scooby Doo.
The other thing that puzzles me about this post is the statement “If they (WBA) make the (Flintstones reboot series) as good as the original and don’t do it to make cash off of the characters, I don’t see the problem”; How is using the characters to shill breakfast cereals and children’s vitamins for over 3 decades not making cash off of them? I don’t get it.
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  1. The ones who warn that the [studio] shouldn't make any money off a particular property obviously never heard that it's called, show BUSINESS. Not to mention being unaware of the shilling for cereals and vitamins, toys or records. They probably also think meat comes in those nice white trays in the supermarket, and never thought how it got.to market in the first place.

    Personally, I think there are many TV shows from the HB vaults that can be rebooted successfully if in the right hands. I think the action adventure toons from the 60s would do very well – if the WB management would stop being so dismissive towards the genre.

    I can see good reboots coming from chestnuts like Space Ghost (He's overdue! That opening short on BTBATB only cements fan interest ) , The Herculoids (also overdue), Young Samson & Goliath, and The Galaxy Trio could all work very well. Dare I say, I think The Impossibles could be rebooted into a more serious adaptation. Trouble is the suits are too scared to take a risk on properties that aren't Scooby Doo or Batman, and even those were mistreated horribly in recent incarnations.

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  2. The ones who warn that the [studio] shouldn't make any money off a particular property obviously never heard that it's called, show BUSINESS. Not to mention being unaware of the shilling for cereals and vitamins, toys or records. They probably also think meat comes in those nice white trays in the supermarket, and never thought how it got.to market in the first place.

    Personally, I think there are many TV shows from the HB vaults that can be rebooted successfully if in the right hands. I think the action adventure toons from the 60s would do very well – if the WB management would stop being so dismissive towards the genre.

    I can see good reboots coming from chestnuts like Space Ghost (He's overdue! That opening short on BTBATB only cements fan interest ) , The Herculoids (also overdue), Young Samson & Goliath, and The Galaxy Trio could all work very well. Dare I say, I think The Impossibles could be rebooted into a more serious adaptation. Trouble is the suits are too scared to take a risk on properties that aren't Scooby Doo or Batman, and even those were mistreated horribly in recent incarnations.

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